Friday, May 17, 2019

Safe.Page by Google Wants You to Take this Quiz

Phishing is the most common problem on the Internet. Many users are unaware of phishing links before clicking any links. To test your knowledge about which URLs are safe, Google has launched Safe.Page website.

For safer web browsing, you should have knowledge about the URLs. There are two types of links on the web. One is a safe link and other is a fake link.

If you've received a suspicious email that includes spam links, you can report phishing emails to Google.

Phishing websites are not easy to be identified in the first glance. In addition, you need to thoroughly check the words in the URL to verify its authenticity.

For example: If you receive an email which looks like it's from PayPal, the first thing you should do is to read the URL. It should be https://www.paypal.com/. You can find this by hovering over the link inside the body of the email. Check out Phishing email examples to identify fake emails.

At the beginning of the Internet, there was no HTTPS in the URL. Everywhere it was the only HTTP. There are still many sites has the URL without HTTPS. Does this indicate sites without "S" in the HTTP are not safe? Not really. Spammers take advantage of this to send mass phishing emails that have non-secured links.

So, if a site has HTTPS, is that completely a safe one to browse? No. Scammers can create suspicious links that have HTTPS in the URL.

Aargh!. Then how to identify the difference between official and fake links?

The answer is: You should know the exact URL of any official sites of the bank, Amazon, PayPal, Netflix, etc and so on.

If you have questions like "is this website safe?", you should visit Google's safe.page. It can teach how to identify official and fake links on the web by taking a simple quiz.

Google Safe Page Quiz

In this post, you'll get the knowledge of safe and unsafe links by taking a quiz on Google's safe.page site.


Safe.Page Quiz


As per the survey conducted by Google,

  • 69% of the people didn't realize that the HTTPS website can be used to send phishing attacks.
  • 64% of the people are unaware of automatic redirection of links without their knowledge.
  • 42% of users don't know the difference between HTTPS and HTTP used in the URL.
  • 70% of Internet users failed to identify a safe URL.
  • 97% of web users failed in at least 1 basic question in the quiz.

Are You Ready To Take The Quiz?


  • Read the question and click on the Start Quiz button.
  • You have to find whether the links given in the examples are safe or not.
  • You'll be given 6 questions to answer.
At the end of the quiz, your answers will be added to Google's survey database.



Conclusion


Links are very important to reach the original website for buying and selling products online. When people fall prey for suspicious links, the outcome will be identity theft. So, safeguard your identity and sensitive information by gaining more knowledge about web security.

FYI: Sites which has the payment gateway should be secured with SSL certificate. i.e it should have HTTPS in the URL.

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